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How expensive are right-hand drive vehicles?

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Prices for right-hand drive vehicles vary according to make, model and condition the same as standard left-hand drive cars. Websites such as eBay, Right Drive USA and Japan Partner list right-hand cars for sale, as of 2015. When purchasing an imported vehicle, it's important to consider the cost of shipping, which can considerably increase the total purchase price.

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To legally import a right-hand drive vehicle, the vehicle must meet all National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards, or the car cannot be driven on public roads and must be registered as a show car. If the car was made after a federal motor vehicle safety standard was introduced, the car must meet the safety standard and be certified by the manufacturer, unless the vehicle is at least 25 years old, according to the NHTSA.

To import a vehicle as a show car, the car must be considered to have historical or technological value to the general public. An application must be submitted to the NHTSA, and if approved, the vehicle can then be imported. Once a vehicle is approved for use as a show car, the NHTSA may allow the vehicle to be driven on public roads for the purpose of maintaining the vehicle and driving it to local events, such as an auto show or car display. The NHTSA allows the car to be driven no more than 2,500 miles within a 12-month period.

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